Journey to a Healthier Me

Living life and getting healthy one step at a time.

Cool as a Cucumber August 5, 2010

Filed under: Food and Emotion,Inuitive Eating,My Story — Cyndi @ 11:11 pm
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Sorry this post is going up so late. It’s been one hectic day.

Today I want to touch on what to do at parties. Now I don’t mean etiquette wise, I mean food choice wise.

I tend to get pretty flustered in social situations. I’m never sure what kind of food is going to be available. And on top of that if people around me are eating I feel like I need to join in.

I’ll be honest, this isn’t really a problem I’ve conquered yet. But I do have a couple of strategies that I try to use when I am at a party/gathering.

  • Eat before you go. I try to eat something before I even leave the house, because I know if I show up to the party hungry I’m going to make a lot of poor choices because I won’t be thinking clearly about the food in front of me.
  • Don’t engage in conversation where the food is. This might seem like a no-brainer, but I was at a party (tonight actually) where we sat around the kitchen table that was covered in chips, chocolate, and cake.  I’m not really sure how many mindless handfuls of food I grabbed, but I’m sure it was a lot.
  • If you really need to grab something to eat, eat veggies. I could have saved myself a lot of calories tonight by choosing the healthier options.
  • Don’t eat food unless it’s on your plate. By putting food on your plate you are more aware of what you’re eating.
  • Drink seltzer/diet soda/ water instead of sugary drinks. Granted diet soda isn’t really the best option for you, but if you know you’re going to be eating extra calories to begin with, why drink them too?
  • Allow yourself to indulge in the things you really want. Now, this may seem counterproductive, but it really isn’t. I find that if I survey my options before making any decisions and pick out the foods that I rarely get to eat I am less likely to overeat. The trick is to put your portion on your plate and walk away. Don’t linger around the food.

Do you have tricks you use to stop yourself from over-indulging at parties?

I have to admit that sometimes I feel like people are critical of what I am eating, and that usually deters me from eating as much. But it’s silly to let other people make my food choices for me. I am an adult. If I eat too many sugary foods, or have too much junk one week and I gain weight then that’s my responsibility. I need to recognize that my choices are my own, and no one elses. I can only grow as a person if I learn from my own mistakes.

That being said, I failed at using the techniques I wrote above at the party tonight. But that’s okay. I’m not perfect. This is a journey. Being healthy is a journey, just because I stumble does not mean I should give up entirely. It’s nights like tonight where I remind myself of how far I have truly come. The old me would eat anything, and everything, and not even think twice.

Well, this chick is hitting the hay, I have to be up for another 6 am shift tomorrow.

Catch you later, Blogland!

Questions for you:

Do you feel more conscious of your food choices in public? How does this affect what you eat? How do you cope with critical people?

 

Stay the Course July 29, 2010

Hello Lovelies!

I hope you’re having a nice relaxing evening. It’s been so hot here lately that I don’t want to leave the house until the sun goes down. Maybe I could get my store to open at 7 at night instead of 7 in the morning?

Today I want to share a blog post I just read over at Health for the Whole Self. The post is about using intuitive eating, or listening to your body, as a means of promoting a healthy lifestyle.

I love the idea of actually listening to my body about the food it wants, and when it wants to eat.

But I don’t trust myself.

How do I know that my body won’t be asking for cookies and ice cream 24/7? How do I know that my body wants me to get 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day?

I think that’s part of the challenge of intuitive eating. You need to figure out what “craving” is actually what your body wants and what part of it is emotion.

For me, I’m a huge emotional eater. I came from a family that used food as a means of comfort, celebration, commiseration, and any emotion in between. You had a rough day? Let’s make cookies. You got an “A” on your test? We need cake to celebrate. Junk food was never in short supply when I was growing up.

And I realize that even now I still fall back on using food as a crutch. Otherwise why would I be on a first name basis with the Coldstone clerk? But I’m not ready to leave Weight Watchers and begin intuitive eating. Not yet.

I think of Weight Watchers as my training wheels. I’m learning what foods I need to fuel my body, and what I need to stay healthy. I’m learning moderation, and the Points system is teaching me that I can get, and stay, full on less food than I thought.

So where does this leave me?

I’m going to stay the course, and continue making progress on Weight Watchers. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t incorporate some of the techniques that Christine references in her guest post on Health for the Whole Self. I can start to examine my relationship with food, and why I turn to it in times of stress.

You can expect plenty of other posts on this topic in the future as I continue to look how food and my emotions go hand in hand.

This tired girl is going to hit the hay. Have a good night Blogland.

Question for you:

Are you an emotional eater? How do you cope?